A teenage, single mother who looked set to be dumped on the streets was given a last minute reprieve – thanks to The Citizen.
Seventeen-year-old Lauren Mann rang this newspaper yesterday morning to say that she had been told to check out of the hotel that Milton Keynes Council were housing her in.
That would have meant that the teen, and her one-year-old son Tauren, would have had to spend last night on the streets.
Lauren, whose housing benefit covers her accomodation, had been told she would have to check out of The Campanile Hotel in Fenny Stratford for just one night as it was fully booked.
However, with no friends or family in the area she would have been forced onto the streets.
She said: “I have been on the waiting list for a house for 18 months and been in the Campanile for two weeks.
“I didn’t know what I was going to do. My son is only one and I couldn’t be on the street with him. It’s scary to think we could have be on the streets in this weather, it’s so dangerous.”
When contacted about the situation by the Citizen, the council said they hadn’t been aware that Lauren had no-where else to stay.
The authority then managed to arrange for her to stay in Buckingham for the night.
A council spokesman said: “We are currently assisting Ms Mann with temporary accommodation until we are able to offer her something more permanent. The place where she is staying had prior bookings for September 25 which means that we have had to ask her to leave for one night.
“Our original understanding was that she had someone she could stay with, but as this is no longer the case we found her somewhere else for last night and she can then move back in today.”